According to new research: Anticholinergic drugs block the action of acetylcholine, which transmits messages in the nervous system. In the brain, acetylcholine is involved in learning and memory. In the rest of the body, it stimulates muscle contractions. Anticholinergic drugs include some antihistamines, tricyclic antidepressants, medications to control overactive bladder, and drugs to relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Here are natural supplements to protect your brain.
Why do we need restful sleep? It provides more than beauty. Sleep can be a powerful creativity-booster and brain-healer, as the mind in an unconscious resting state can make surprising new connections that it perhaps wouldn’t have made in a waking state.
Do you have a vampire in your life? Does someone drain you physical, mentally and emotionally? Stay strong, protect yourself with natural medicines. Here is a fun, informative podcast Letha did with the number one psychic phenomena website NightWatch.
Fooey! Flu virus is tough enough because of sore throat and fever, but now scientists are saying there may be a connection between brain inflammation resulting from a virus and the onset of Alzheimer’s. For the moment that disease is up for grabs. Some researchers point to proteins others to an acid that disrupts brain communication, destroys synapses to cause Alzheimer’s. No one knows for sure. The usual pedestrian advice about avoiding Alzheimer’s does not help much – learn new skills like card games or learn a language because that engages a different part of the brain.
Alzheimer’s does not eliminate memories, it makes it harder to access them. Researchers have turned stem cells derived originally from skin into sophisticated types of neurons in the brain that are critical to memory retrieval and are killed by the degenerative condition. The development could lead to the discovery of new drug treatments and someday even transplantation to repair brain damage. In early Alzheimer’s, the ability to retrieve memories is lost because cells, called basal forebrain cholinergic (BFC) neurons, are killed. Now scientists are developing ways to make an unlimited supply of those neurons.
Eating berries, cherries, and apples; standing on one foot to enhance balance, and drinking a cocktail at dinner–we love it. All these things have been shown to help prevent a creeping attack of Alzheimer’s. Maybe we should drink a cocktail while learning a new language. That makes the verbs go down easier. A new language creates alternate connections in the brain to use when the old parts wear out. According to the Daily Mail – hardly a scientific journal – “There are about 350,000 Britons with Alzheimer’s, with numbers predicted to double by 2025. Symptoms are rare before the age of 65 – after that, your chances of developing it double every five years.” So Brits are slurping cocktails and nibbling sliced apples and berries because they are anti-inflammatory, a major factor in Alzheimer’s. The big one to avoid is hypertension. The article in the Mail does not mention exercise, tea or stress-reduction techniques to reduce hypertension. But then Brits take their tea for granted.
New studies suggest that adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. “For participants 60 and older, more than 36 percent of dementia risk was linked to hearing loss, the study said. The worse the hearing loss, the worse the risk for Alzheimer’s as well. For every additional loss of 10 decibels of hearing capacity, Alzheimer’s risk appeared to go up by 20 percent, the researchers said. The authors suggested that if further studies confirm the findings, this could lead to the development of new strategies to try to reduce dementia risk. For example, the finding theoretically suggests that efforts to correct hearing loss by means of hearing aids and surgery could potentially cut back on dementia risk.” The thing I don’t like about the studies is they are inexact. For example, what were the causes of hearing loss? Infection, injury, fatigue-related or depression-related hearing loss? That makes a difference.
Our cousins across the pond are paying attention to recent Mind/Meditation research. The Guardian has a series covering the health and lifestyle benefits of “Mindfulness Meditation” such as improved memory and reduced stress. In fact, areas of the brain affecting memory, self-awareness and stress reduction are physically improved by regular meditation. I wasn’t sure what “mindfulness meditation” is. The Brits are calmer, after all, quieter than we: They stand in lines politely waiting and keep a Royal family in office. We Americans bustle about. Perhaps a meditation while shopping would be in order. At least it would help us to remember what we bought. Buddhists practice various methods of mind-quieting meditation in order to let go of grasping stress. Christians believe an awakened mind seeks God. But religion need not be an issue when relaxation and improved health are the goal. For my readers, friends, students in New York, I recommend any class taught by Qigong expert Sharon Smith. Qigong is a very deep-acting, rejuvenating practice that involves meditation, breath and movement. Otherwise, here are useful links from the Guardian for mindfulness meditation instruction and centers, plus my herbal and lifestyle advice for improving concentration and memory.
Japanese Shiso Leaves, a source of Omega 3 oil: Add it to salads, green tea, and soups. High levels of “good” cholesterol may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease later in life, a Columbia University study found. People in the study who had the greatest levels of high- density lipoprotein, or HDL, were 60 percent less likely than those with the lowest levels to develop Alzheimer’s disease over four years, research today in the Archives of Neurology showed. HDL, often called the “good” cholesterol, is one component of total cholesterol and is the exception to doctors’ recommendations to keep overall levels low. . . Take care of your cholesterol because of that you can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Reitz, an assistant professor of neurology at Columbia University’s Taub Institute in New York, in a Dec. 10 telephone interview. “Based on our study, even at the age of 65, the higher the good cholesterol, the lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.”
IT is the inner white meat of the coconut that provides rich protein and oils. Organic extra virgin coconut oil has many health and beauty benefits. It thickens and beautifies hair, clears the complexion, reduces cholesterol, and improves weight loss naturally. It improves absorption of calcium and magnesium for strong bones. It helps reduce your craving for sweets and lets you feel full and satisfied after eating less than usual. The presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid in coconut oil enhance its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, and soothing to the nerves. It reduces stress and may help folks with ADD stay focused. Recent research has come to light that coconut oil may even improve and help reverse Alzheimer’s.
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